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[2020] MAC Recruiting Recap Show, Week 7

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Welcome to the 4th instalment of the MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, and it's great to be back for another week of recruiting talk!

 

Another slow week, with only 7 commits, as the recruiting front is becoming a war of attrition. It seems that there will be a lot of recruits closed out late in the season, and many close battles that will be won on seemingly small decisions. It will be a lot of fun to cover this as we continue into the season.

 

The table has changed quite a bit this week, with :niu:  and :ball: rising, as they both signed one 4.5 star player each. Despite having the two biggest classes of the conference, :emu: and :zips: are ranked quite low, as the quality of player is not as high as teams like Kent State and Central Michigan.

Total Recruits

Team

2.5-Star

3-Star

3.5-Star

4-Star

4.5-Star

5-Star

Total

Tot. Stars

Avg. Stars

1

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

5

5

2

Miami (OH)

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

8

4

7

Kent State

0

0

3

3

1

0

7

27

3.86

5

Central Michigan

0

0

3

1

1

0

5

19

3.8

5

Ball State

0

0

3

1

1

0

5

19

3.8

4

Buffalo

0

0

3

0

1

0

4

15

3.75

3

Northern Illinois

0

1

1

0

1

0

3

11

3.66

4

Western Michigan

0

0

4

0

0

0

4

14

3.5

10

Akron

1

2

5

1

1

0

10

34.5

3.45

10

Eastern Michigan

0

4

5

0

0

1

10

34.5

3.45

5

Bowling Green

0

4

0

1

0

0

5

16

3.2

0

Toledo

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After another week of signings, the MAC as a whole went down in the national rankings, as only two teams went up, the same two that moved up in the table. One highly touted prospect each moved NIU and Ball State up tremendously, and all the other teams apart from recruit-less Toledo dropped, as if they did sign any recruits, they weren't particularly talented.

 

:kent: Kent State (Class rank: 52) -8

:zips: Akron (Class rank: 59) -5

:emu: Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 62) -5

:cmu: Central Michigan (Class rank: 67) -7

:ball: Ball State (Class rank: 76) +25

:ohio: Ohio (Class rank: 90) -7

:buffalo: Buffalo (Class rank: 92) -4

:niu: Northern Illinois (Class rank: 97) +17

:miao: Miami(OH) (Class rank: 104) -6

:bgsu: Bowling Green (Class rank: 110) -5

:wmu: Western Michigan (Class rank: 112) -4

:toledo: Toledo (Class rank: 119) +0

 

 

 

 

After picking up his first win as a head coach this week, I was able to speak with Jamzz. He seemed very confident in the ability of his team and himself, maybe more so than many outsider, but I do agree that in the near future they could be a force, with Giovanni Shaw and recruit Tyler Pearson leading the team from the front.

 

Tim Timms: Great to have you on the show, coach.

 

Coach Jamzz: Thanks for having me on.

 

Tim Timms: What is your target win total for the season? Would you be happy with solid performances and not wins?

 

Coach Jamzz: Currently the goal is to get six wins and reach a bowl game. It may seem unrealistic with our slow start to the season but we feel like we've figured out some of our problems and that the schedule opens up a bit for us towards the end of the season. To answer the second part of your question, winning is always important and it's our main goal, but we also understand that we've been outmatched against some of the teams we've played and the solid performances are good to see.

 

Tim Timms: Did you have any goals for this recruiting cycle? Building a base for the roster or trying to add some cornerstones?

 

Coach Jamzz: My main goal for recruiting this year was to fill in the holes to the roster and add as much depth as I can. We're also looking to add in a few stars along the way but first we need to add in depth if we plan on being successful in the future.

 

Tim Timms: 

Are you happy with how recruiting has gone, and how it is going in terms of current battles over recruits?

 

Coach Jamzz: I'm pleased with how recruiting has gone so far. I feel like we've done pretty well to get the recruits we have, and I'm confident we can get the rest that we're aiming for.

 

 

Now, an update on the recruiting battles we looked at last week.

 

WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5

Top Teams: :ohio::osu:

And now he isn't changing his mind. Barnes has kept his top target this week after changing two weeks in a row. The Bobcats are building a lead on the 6"0, 223 receiver out of Ada, and he looks to be a major building block to pair with Nicholas Blackwell, their only signing to this point.

 

OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0

Top Teams: :nw: , :toledo:

The wildcats keep on frustrating Toledo, who are a long way from their classes of yesteryear. Northwestern has a sizeable lead on Decker at the moment, but there is almost no way that they will be able to take away Toledo's star recruit, unless they sacrifice their entire class for him.

 

OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0

Top Teams: :cmu::michigan: 

And after all my talk of Michigan taking Lloyd, Johnkirk continues to prove me wrong, maintaining his lead on the cover specialist. This could become a very dire contest, if the Wolverines decide they want Lloyd, but it looks like they are pulling out of this one. But, as I said before, I seemingly have very little insight into this battle, so I'm not putting my money on any result just yet.

 

WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0

Top Teams: :emu::msu:

Well, who's going to listen to me now? Following the lead of CMU, a smaller Michigan school is taking a solid recruit from one of the big two in state schools. Jamzz has kept this tight all the way, and has made a move for Jennings, who will provide a very nice upgrade at receiver. Now, how will the Spartans respond?

 

QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0

Top Teams: :wmu:, :niu: 

Despite Western Michigan's lead, NIU is not completely out of this. Or so I thought, I have just received word that coach Noobie has been fired, and now his assistants will have to take the reigns. This looked to be in the Bronco's favour, but is now almost a sure thing that he will be the successor to Chase Sims.

 

CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0

Top Teams: :wmu:, :ohio:

Neither team is letting up here, and this could go to the last week of recruiting, unless someone pulls out. 2 teams with similar levels of prestige, two good coaches and a very important player for both teams. This is definitely one to keep an eye on.

 

OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0

Top Teams: :kent:, + 

Kent State keep their lead over McCormick. Not a lot to talk about here, he will be signed very soon and Miami have moved onto what they hope are bigger and better things.

 

We have our first signed player of the covered recruits, as ILB Gregory Wilkins has signed with Ball State. Having secured their star recruit, they have been propelled upwards in the rankings, both in conference and nationally.

 

And two new recruits we will be following over the coming weeks:

 

FS Donte Murphy-Neal, Zone Coverage, 1.5/4.0

Top Teams: :illinois:, :ball:, +

Ball State is looking to add to a class growing in strength, and they are neck and neck with Illinois. Murphy-Neal comes with a slightly higher floor than most, but the Cardinals already have a free safety of similar potential red-shirting this season, so I'm not sure how necessary this is for them. The Fighting Illini on the other hand, have one of the best free safeties in the country, Tyler Patino, who is a junior. If he doesn't declare, then it give Murphy-Neal a year to sit and learn behind a great talent, and take his game to another level.

 

DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5

Top Teams: :kent: , :toledo: , :nd: 

The Golden Flashes lead on Hunt, and Notre Dame have had an offer on him for a while. Only recently however, Toledo has come in with an offer of their own. Kent State seems to be building towards a 3-4, and another contain style end to pair with Geno Mason is what they are looking. Toledo has a small weakness at defensive end in comparison to the rest of their roster, and they have quite a few upperclassmen, so Hunt will be a replacement of similar level for those leaving. The Irish have a junior starting at both ends, so Hunt would be redshirted and starting in 2022.

 

 


 

Thanks again for tuning in to the MAC Network, I have been Tim Timms, and this has been another Recruiting Recap Show!

 

Thank you to Jamzz for the interview.

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